Advent – the season of waiting, a time of longing and hopeful expectancy as we prepare to celebrate the coming of the Saviour.
It seems that so much of this year has been about waiting – waiting for a solution, waiting for a vaccine, waiting to see family and friends again, waiting for life to return to normal – with no indication of when that is likely to be.
But maybe that’s helpful as we reflect on Advent. It’s all too easy for the season to pass us by. It’s a busy time of year, and it’s only four weeks – we know exactly when Christmas is going to come.
But for the Israelites, waiting for the Promised Messiah, there was no such certainty over the timeframe, only hundreds of years of silence and hoping.
“Would God’s promise of a Redeemer ever come true?
Had He forgotten?
Could He really be trusted?”
Last week, I began a mini-series called “We Need A Little Christmas,” looking at the hope Jesus has to offer specifically for 2020. Today we’re focusing on the hope his coming offers in our times of waiting and uncertainty.